A critical review and analysis of current research and policy relating to disabled children and young people in Scotland
The main purpose of this report is to inform the work of Scotland‟s Commissioner for Children and Young People over the next four years, specifically in relation to disabled children and young people whom he has already identified as a priority group.
The aims are:
1. To identify and review the major social research studies about disabled children and young people in Scotland published since devolution (1999), looking at issues which can be a barrier to their inclusion in society.
2. To identify gaps in current knowledge/research about barriers to social inclusion for disabled children and young people; for example, issues facing particular groups of children.
3. To identify and critique selected current Scottish Government policies, strategies and legislation aimed at disabled children and young people, looking specifically at issues which can be a barrier to their inclusion in society. Links to reserved Westminster legislation will also be highlighted.
4. To produce recommendations to the Commissioner on possible areas of work in relation to issues affecting disabled children and young people and specifically their inclusion in society, where his involvement is likely to add value and have potential to bring about significant improvement in the realisation of their rights.